2016 Dorothy Farnham Feuer Memorial String Competition

Saturday, April 2, 1pm-6pm
Preliminary Round

Saturday, April 23, 1:30pm-4pm (open to the public)
Final Round

Providence Presbyterian Church
9019 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031

The Feuer String Competition was first held in 1964 as a tribute to Dorothy Farnham Feuer, founder of the Fairfax Symphony and a violinist with the orchestra.  The string scholarship competition provides well-deserved recognition, encouragement, and financial support to outstanding young string performers.  It is open to advanced string players in grades 7-12 in Northern Virginia.  The Award money must be used to further the musical training of recipients, and is most often spent toward study with noted teachers, tuition for a summer camp, or the purchase of a new instrument.  Many winners have continued to pursue music as private teachers and as members of orchestras through the nation, including the FSO.  Scholarship Awards are $1,000 for First Prize, $750 for Second Prize, and $500 for Third Prize.

Entry fee of $50 (non-refundable) payable to Fairfax Symphony can be paid online with your application or mailed to the FSO offices.  All applications must be received by
Thursday, March 31 and will only be accepted by mail or online registration.

String students, in grades 7-12, who are residents in the Northern Virginia area (counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William and all the independent cities within or adjacent to them) are eligible to apply.  Please note applicants may not have won 1st prize in a previous season or be under professional artist management.

Applicants may perform an acceptable, standard string literature that has orchestral accompaniment for a maximum of 6 minutes (preliminary auditions only.)  Select music that includes a slower section to demonstrate musicianship, tone, control etc. and a fast section to show fluency and technique.  Memorization is preferred.  All applicants will be notified by email of their audition time no later than Friday, April 1.

Applicants must provide three copies of the music selection for the judges on the day of the competition.  Comment sheets from each judge are available to each performer after the final competition.    

Applicants should provide his/her own accompanist, and a warm-up space will be provided on site for contestants.  

If you have any further questions or need assistance with the application, please email info@fairfaxsymphony.org